Awards Watch Archive for December, 2010

Top Tens: December 31, 2010

There were a couple of technical glitches as the new system settles in – but the lists are starting to add up now. Yes, Social Network stays on top, but Inception and The King’s Speech are moving up the charts.

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy The Oregonian Babies Black Swan The FIghter The Ghost Writer The Illusionist Inception The King’s Speech The Social Network A Town Called Panic Winter’s Bone

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Duane Dudek

Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel The Social Network Exit Through the Gift Shop Inception Mesrine: Killer Instinct/Carlos Mid-August Lunch Winter’s Bone Another Year The Fighter Black Swan True Grit

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley McClatchy Newspapers Inception Winter’s Bone Tangled The King’s Speech Love and Other Drugs Black Swan Easy A Toy Story 3 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Town

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Ken Eisner

Ken Eisner Georgia Straight (Vancouver) The Social Network True Grit The King’s Speech The Secret in Their Eyes Please Give Toy Story 3 The Kids Are All Right Exit Through the Gift Shop Our Beloved

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News 127 Hours A Prophet Winter’s Bone The Social Network Exit Through the Gift Shop Toy Story 3 Red Riding Trilogy Inception True Grit The Fighter

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy Austin 350 Inception Black Swan Winter’s Bone Inside Job Another Year 127 Hours The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech Four Lions The Social Network

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Michael Compton

Michael Compton The Daily News Winter’s Bone The Social Network Inception The King’s Speech Red Riding Trilogy Toy Story 3 Exit Through the Gift Shop The Fighter 127 Hours Get Low

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Sean Means

Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune 127 Hours Exit Through the Gift Shop Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Inception The Social Network Another Year Catfish Winter’s Bone Toy Story 3 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Nathan Rose

Nathan Rose FlickDirect Inception Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Tangled Expendables True Grit Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Predators A Nightmare on Elm Street Alice in Wonderland Salt

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Dann Gire

Dann Gire Chicago Daily Herald Toy Story 3 Inception The Social Network The King’s Speech Winter’s Bone The Kids Are All Right True Grit Rabbit Hole Shutter Island Black Swan

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Critics Top Ten List 2010: Gary Wolcott

Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald The King’s Speech The Kids are All Right The Social Network Toy Story 3 How to Train Your Dragon Waiting for Superman Red 127 Hours The FIghter True Grit

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9 Weeks To Oscar: Let The Narratives Begin!

Here we are… ballots are out… Phase One will be over in a couple of weeks… and the battle for The Big Win has begun. The primary weapon is in the process of changing from the movies themselves (central to The Great Settling™… c/o Mr Condon) to The Narratives. The Narratives are the big perspective…

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Has Buried’s Screenwriter Broken Rules With A Letter To The Academy?

Has Buried‘s Screenwriter Broken Rules With A Letter To The Academy?

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“The Steak Eater Theory [on the Oscars] is beautiful, but it has its detractors.”

“The Steak Eater Theory [on the Oscars] is beautiful, but it has its detractors.”

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Skolimowski Sez Polish Oscar Entry Essential Killing Does Not Glorify Taliban

Skolimowski Sez Polish Oscar Entry Essential Killing Does Not Glorify Taliban

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Stanley Fish Sez True Grit Is The Rare “Religious Movie”

Stanley Fish Sez True Grit Is The Rare “Religious Movie”

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WGA Blue-Pencils Non-Sig Scripts

WGA Blue-Pencils Non-Sig Scripts King’s Speech, Blue Valentine, Winter’s Bone, Another Year, Toy Story 3 & A Buncha Others

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Anne-T Offers Theory Kids Are All Right Might Get Dissed

“Oscar campaigners call them the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them—they’re red-blooded males (not just American—Brits and Aussies too)… They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking” Anne-T Offers Theory Kids Are All Right Might Get Dissed By Manly Men

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Anne-T Catches Up With Ever-Prolific Producer Scott Rudin

Anne-T Catches Up With Ever-Prolific Producer Scott Rudin

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg